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The chestnut tree The chestnut is the most useful tree in the world. There are 4 major species – American Chestnut (Castanea dentata), European Chestnut (C. sativa), Chinese Chestnut (C. mollissima) and Japanese Chestnut (C. crenata) and 9 less important...

Here in Oban today is a World Championship The World Stone Skimming Championships were started in 1983 by Bertie Baker , and then lay fallow until they were resurrected in 1997 by Eilean Eisdeal (The Easdale Island Community Development Group) as a fundraising...

Pulsatilla, Sanguisorba, Wild Strawberry and Ivy are all UK natives. Blue Chicory is probably a native too. If not, it's certainly been growing in the UK since before the Romans were here. Even if they were non native botanically, it's possible to source...

Instead Of Shouting… No matter how frustrated you may get with your students, yelling should never be an option. Although it often works in the moment, the cost of gaining momentary control is much too high. So instead of being that teacher, the one with...

Nothing that can't make a great fish stock. The best I ever made was the result of an accidental flourish with a flounder. Went to the fish shop for a warehou to hot-smoke whole, but they didn't have any, so went home with a large flounder. It was too...

Saying nothing to be perceived as educated Everyone wants to sound fluent. Hesitating, even for as little as 300 milliseconds, can change how your audience perceives you – and in a surprisingly positive way. Being silent or having a pause is judged more...

Saying nothing to be perceived as educated Everyone wants to sound fluent. Hesitating, even for as little as 300 milliseconds, can change how your audience perceives you – and in a surprisingly positive way. Being silent or having a pause is judged more...

A great day to pick up walnuts that scatter the ground where I walk in the morning

There is now a culture of adjectives and adverbs, for is it that we have forgotten the strength of nouns Here is a few of those adjectives that are over used. Many Pretty Nice Kind Pleasant Tall/short/fat/skinny Big/little Shimmering Absolutely Same exact...

James Scott Skinner (1843-1927) became one of the outstanding Scottish fiddle players and composers of his day. He began playing fiddle by ear as a boy but then was offered classical tuition. His technique developed and he became one of the outstanding...

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